Chicago Bulls: 11-2

Especially when that group spent the exhibition program taxing its turning players more heavily than most — A preseason would raise questions about a group’s fitness for name contention.
But the Chicago Bulls got what they wanted from this month of October: Derrick Rose looked like himself. Sam Smith of Bulls.com stated Rose”generally bordered between magnificent and spectacular in his preseason development,” and the former MVP closed things out with a flourish. In Rose two tuneups, he scored 57 points in 56 minutes. Over the whole preseason, he connected on 43 percent of the triples.
And do not worry: He seemed reckless and as quickly as he did.
It’s probably fair to be worried about the recklessness.
At any rate, Chicago fought to adapt to pieces in the rotation, which explains its record. Tom Thibodeau remains experimenting with the role of Gasol alongside Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah. Additionally, some defense was expected with Doug McDermott and rookies Nikola Mirotic just getting acquainted with Thibs’ system.
Jimmy Butler’s thumb injury marred an otherwise healthful preseason, but when the most significant setback merely renders a role player”daily,” according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls will take it.
With Rose the Bulls are very scary.

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